How You Can Stay Safe in Canada? A Guide3 Minutes Read - August 26, 2020
Canada is one of the safest places in the world to live right now, with low crime rates and relatively peaceful political climate. Regardless, you should still be aware of the safety measures to take, in a new country.
- In an Emergency
If you ever get into trouble due to an unfortunate event or witness a crime, you can reach emergency services at 911. This number works as a central communication for police, fire or ambulance. Even if English is not your first language, interpreters are available. If you are a victim of a crime, no matter how small, report it to the police.
- Transportation Safety
Whenever you go out, make sure you are familiar with your bus routes and the schedule. Alternatively, taxi is a good option if the area is known for high crime rate or is unknown to you. Always have uber or other taxi hailing apps on your phone. Canadian taxis would have running meters showing the cost of the ride. Drivers will not try to negotiate a price with you.
Uber might be the most popular option worldwide, but some savvy startups like Lyft have given Canada riders more options.
Availability of each services will vary upon the location you’re in. Rideshare is generally the most economic option of traveling by vehicle, and certainly is the safe alternative to driving under the influence. Be sure to partake responsibly!
- Walking Safety
While walking, maintaining safety is the most important, especially in the midst of a health crisis. Be aware of who and what is going around you. Some areas and roads/streets are safer than the other. Use internet or other sources, like your friends to know which ones are safer rather than short ones. Always walk on broader and well-lit streets during night, and travel with people, if possible in some dangerous areas. Again, Canada is relatively very safe and it should not be too much of an issue to go out for a walk. If you feel unsafe, call a friend or send them your location.
- Parties and Hangouts
While partying with your friends and favorite people is all our favorite pastime, make sure that you have reached legal age to drink in your province. Always keep your ID with you since you might be required to show it. If you go to a bar, make sure you go with friends to ensure there are people you trust who can help you if you run into any problems. Always plan before you leave and stick to the plan so you can reach home safely.
Marijuana is legal in Canada for recreational purposes but using or possessing other illicit drugs may land you in trouble. International students could face deportation. It is also illegal to drink alcohol in public places such as parks, beaches, cars, or on the street. Be wary of what could jeopardize your ability to study in Canada.
- Apartment Safety
Don’t let strangers into your apartment building or room, duh. Always lock your doors and windows, even when you’re at home, and look through the peephole before you open your door for someone. It’s also a good idea to get to know your neighbors, so you will have people around who can help you in an emergency.
Canada is a very safe country overall and if you understand which areas might have high risk to be aware of, you should be okay. Canadian population are some of the nicest people as you will notice when you move. From greeting strangers on a walk to smiling to opening doors for others, you will be pleasantly surprised and perfectly safe for the most part. Being aware of your surroundings and the environment is always good habit. Stay safe.